Americans' Strong Support for Ukraine Aid Is Slipping, Polls Suggest

Americans' strong support for Ukraine appears to be slipping, according to two Pew Research polls conducted in March and May, as the U.S. has worked to provide aid to the Eastern European nation.

Pew found that 12 percent of U.S. adults now believe the country is providing too much support to Ukraine. That's up from 7 percent in March, when Congress approved a $13.6 billion aid package.

The share of Americans saying the support the U.S. is providing is "about right" rose from 32 percent in March to 35 percent in May, while fewer respondents now believe the U.S. isn't doing enough.

In March, 42 percent of Americans said the U.S. wasn't doing enough, but that figure has fallen to just 31 percent.

The share of respondents who said they were "not sure" rose from 19 percent to 22 percent.

Those figures could suggest that Americans may be less willing to provide further aid to Ukraine

Pew's poll was conducted from April 25 to May 1 among 5,074 U.S. adults. The previous poll was carried out from March 7 to 14 among 10,441 U.S. adults, while the first Ukraine aid package was signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 15.

The new survey also found that the share of Americans who approve of the Biden administration's handling of Ukraine stands at 45 percent - a slight decline on 47 percent approval in March.

The share of respondents who disapprove of the administration on Ukraine is now 34 percent, but that figure stood at 39 percent in Pew's March poll.

Pew's latest findings were published on Tuesday - the same day that the House of Representatives approved a new aid package for Ukraine worth around $40 billion.

An expected bipartisan fast-tracked vote in the Senate didn't take place on Thursday after Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) refused to agree to unanimous consent for the legislation.

Paul sought a modification to the legislation that would see the inspector general for Afghanistan overseeing the funds spent in Ukraine, but Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) refused to modify his proposal.

The war in Ukraine had previously appeared to unite Americans despite deep partisan divisions, with members of both the Democratic and Republican parties praising Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as he leads the fight against the ongoing Russian invasion.

However, some conservatives have criticized U.S. support for Ukraine and Zelensky, while 57 Republican members of the House voted against the new aid package on Tuesday.

'Crisis After Crisis'

One of those who voted against, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia's 14th district, took to Twitter on Thursday and slammed the media for being "obsessed with another country while America faces crisis after crisis created by Joe Biden and the Democrats."

"Why don't they care about the invasion at our border, skyrocketing inflation, and a shortage of baby formula?" Greene wrote.

Conservative commentator Candace Owens took aim at Zelensky directly on Thursday.

"Some of us had the courage to call out the Ukraine nonsense for exactly what it was from the very beginning: a money laundering operation, with a bad faith actor (Zelensky) being propped up by the media to garner our consent to being robbed by our government, yet again," Owens wrote.

If the new aid package is passed, U.S. funding for Ukraine will total around $53.4 billion, though not all of the initial funding has yet been dispersed.

A Ukrainian Serviceman Takes Position
A Ukrainian serviceman in a trench during an exercise not far from the second-largest Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on April 30, 2022. More Americans now believe U.S. support for Ukraine is "about right," according to a new poll. SERGEY BOBOK/AFP/Getty Images